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Tony Becca | Shadab, a truly gifted one

first_img WEB OF CONFUSION There is nothing as refreshing as a young talent preening itself and raring to go, however, the young talent which must have been glitteringly displayed by the likes of George Headley in 1930 and by Sonny Ramadhin and Alfred Valentine in 1950, and which was paraded by others like Holding in 1975, by Malcolm Marshall in 1978, by Warne in 1992, and by Brian Lara in 1993. Headley thrilled the world with his amazing batting in his first series in 1930, Ramadhin and Valentine with their mystery bowling in their opening series1950, Holding and Marshall with their tremendous potential in their first series in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and Lara announced he was on the way to a magnificent double-century before he was run-out early in his career. Although these players were young and went on to entertain the world, some other young talented players never made it from first base because of one thing or another; maybe because they were never really the real thing and stuttered along the way. Pakistan, with seven of the top 10 youngest players in Test cricket’s history, including the top three, as well as 14-year-old Hasan Raza, the youngest of all, 15-year-old Mushtag Mohammad, and 16-year-old Nasim-ul-Ghani, have produced a lot, with many falling by the wayside. Shadab, however, appears to be the real thing. In fact, at 18, based on the television, based on the degree of spin he imparts on his leg-breaks and in his googlies, based on the manner of how he has cornered and cut down the West Indies batsmen in the early exchanges so far on this tour, he is the probably most gifted leg-spinner that I have ever laid eyes upon. And I first saw Warne, as a teenager, when he visited Jamaica with an Australian youth team somewhere around 1987/88. Warne hardly looked as talented, and it never seemed that someday he would blossom into arguably the world’s best-ever spin bowler, especially of the bamboozling type. REFRESHING YOUNG TALENT In the T20 and ODI matches, and despite Evin Lewis’ assault during a brilliant explosion in the fourth T20 match, during which he posted 91 in 51 dazzling minutes and blasted nine sixes and five fours and took 25 off 14 deliveries from the leg-spinner, and Jason Mohammed’s blistering 91 not out off 58 deliveries in the first ODI, Shadab seems, so far, to have woven a web of confusion around the West Indies batsmen. Friday, if he is lucky to be selected, will be his first real Test when he confronts the West Indies batsmen in the biggest test of all, a Test match, and the hope is that the batsman will be focused and ready to demonstrate their much-talked-about talent in the one-on-one contest with Shadab inside the overall contest of the Test match on the grand occasion of the hosting of the 50th Test match in Jamaica. Whether Shadab continues his merry and surprising start to what promises to be a wonderful career is left to be seen and, hopefully, for cricket’s sake, and despite the fact that he is not a West Indian, cricket will produce another “magician”. Shadab Khan looks really like someone special, someone with an exciting talent worthy of celebrating Sabina Park’s 50th Test match with his debut performance. It would be nice to see him in action, partnering with the experienced and wily right-arm leg-spinner, Yashir Shah, one from the south and one from the north. When I was younger, I always wished that I was a good cricketer, or better still, a Test cricketer of skill and quality. Now that the time has passed, and a long, long time ago at that, I wish that if I should pass this way again, and if I was given the choice, I would be a gifted batsman, another Frank Worrell, another Rohan Kanhai, or another Lawrence Rowe. If by some reason or the other I could not be any of those three batsmen and if I had to be a bowler, as much as I admire the fiery pace of, say, Jeff Thomson, Michael Holding, and Andy Roberts and the bemusing skills of left-arm spinners like Johnny Wardle, George Tribe, Inshan Ali, or the Great One, Garry Sobers, I would wish to be someone else. The more I think about it, the more I would settle to be one like Sonny Ramadhin, Subhash Gupte, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Abul Qadir, or the greatest spin bowler of them all, Shane Warne, the right-hander who bowls leg-breaks, googlies, top-spinners, flippers and sliders while turning the ball a mile and getting it to bounce unusually high. Well, that was until a few weeks ago when I saw, on the television screen, a baby-faced little teenager from Pakistan. Shadab Khan, an 18-year-old right-arm leg-spinner, is one of a kind. He is one of those unusual kind of right-arm bowlers who bowl leg-spin, mix that up with a googly, throw in a top-spin, and, to make it more confusing for the batsmen, bowl a well-disguised straight one also. To top it all, Shadab bowls them at a good pace and regularly, in no predetermined order, and he bowls them at different speeds, sometimes with a hypnotic and seductive loop, sometimes at a quickish pace designed to keep the batsman guessing and confused. Shadab is not the first of his kind, but for one so young to report with such promising skills, his future looks bright. It seems filled with many fumbling batsmen many tentative and falling batsmen, and many, many wickets. Shadab is inexperienced and, as a right-arm leg-spinner, prone to a level of inaccuracy in line and length.last_img read more

Capitals on verge of Cup after blowing out Golden Knights

first_imgWashington Capitals defenseman John Carlson, center, celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, and Nicklas Backstrom, right, of Sweden, during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup.With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the Washington Capitals are on the verge of capturing the first title in their 43rd season after routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You have the opportunity to do something special as a group, but it’s going to be the hardest thing to do, the hardest game to win because there’s a very good team on the other side, a very proud team,” Trotz said. “They’re great in their building. We’re not scared of their building. We’ve proved it that we’re very good on the road and we’re going to go there and put our best effort in there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Cavaliers face now-or-never home stand in NBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “He just tells me to put my stick on the ice and he’ll hit it,” Wilson said of Kuznetsov. “It’s a privilege to play with him. He’s one of the best at his craft.”Smith-Pelly, who scored the insurance goal to ice Game 3, kicked the puck from his left skate to his stick and roofed a shot on Marc-Andre Fleury with 20.5 seconds left in the first period. Fleury came into the final as the Conn Smythe front-runner for playoff MVP honors but looked human again by allowing six goals on 23 shots at a defense that has often left him vulnerable.Fleury called the loss “frustrating and demoralizing.” Coach Gerard Gallant was quick to absolve his goaltender of blame.“At least five of the six goals were wide-open nets,” Gallant said. “Nothing he could do on them.”Kuznetsov leads all playoff scorers with 31 points, Ovechkin is tied for the goal lead with 14 and Holtby showed again his ability to alter the course of a game. Holtby got some good fortune from the post on shots by Alex Tuch, Neal and Brayden McNabb, but he also had not allowed a goal in more than 62 minutes stretching back to Game 3.“We obviously got some breaks at the start of the game,” Holtby said. “Honestly I thought (Neal’s shot) was in, my angle, and somehow it didn’t go in.”Somehow, the Capitals have turned around their results at home, winning their past three in Washington after losing five of their first eight. This one got chippy at the end when Oshie broke Vegas defenseman Colin Miller’s nose on a hit and was given a game-ending 10-minute misconduct along with Golden Knights forwards Deryk Engelland and Ryan Reaves.“It is not ideal, but it is the Stanley Cup finals and everyone wants to win,” Backstrom said.Pierre-Edouard Bellemare said he and his Vegas teammates can’t win three games in one night, so they have no choice but to focus on the next opportunity to stave off elimination.Coach Barry Trotz wants his players to relax and not think too much about the chance in front of them. 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Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will get their first chance to hoist the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night in Las Vegas.One more win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’ve never been there,” Kuznetsov said after just the fourth four-assist game in Cup Final history. “And I don’t really care about that yet, so it’s kind of easy for me. You know me, I always stay loose a little bit especially off the games. I’m pretty sure when game gonna come, we’re gonna a little bit think about it. It’s pretty hard to not think about that.”T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period to get the Capitals rolling against a determined Vegas team that has not found consistent answers against Holtby, who stopped 28 shots in another strong showing. The Golden Knights outchanced the Capitals by a wide margin but fell apart after James Neal clanked a shot off the post instead of hitting a wide-open net early, and the expansion team’s Cinderella run could be over in a matter of days. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “It probably changes the game,” Neal said. “It’s probably a different game after that I had a wide-open net, and then I just hit the post.”John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly also scored as thunderous chants of “We want the Cup! We want the Cup!” rang out from the crowd. No team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1942 has blown a 3-1 lead in the Cup Final.“It can be easy in a game where you can clinch to get a little bit ahead of ourselves,” Oshie said. “But we’ve got a good group of leaders in the room … and we’ll be focused at the start.”The Capitals seem to be getting enough bounces to make up for nine previous first- or second-round playoff exits in the Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom era — and plenty of disappointments in the previous decades, too.While Vegas rang several shots off the posts, the Capitals seized just about every opportunity as they have throughout this surprising run. Kuznetsov padded his lead as the playoffs’ leading scorer with primary assists on Oshie’s power-play goal that made it 1-0 and Wilson’s that doubled the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Govt to assess operation of service

first_imgBerbice River taxis– discontinuation not ruled outThe Public Infrastructure Ministry could move to discontinue the services of the Berbice River Taxi, if an analysis to be carried out by the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD), finds that its operation is not feasible.Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure Annette FergusonMinister within the Ministry Annette Ferguson on Wednesday said she recently mandated the T&HD to carry out an analysis of the river taxi service, following which government will make a decision on whether or not it should be retained.Government implemented the Berbice River taxi service in September last year, after it failed in its attempt to reach an agreement with the directors of the Bridge Company to see a small reduction of the toll.Government had said it was seeking to introduce a more feasible system, which would see residents, particularly students and the elderly relieved of the financial burden. The operation of the bridge company had become burdensome particularly for vehicle owners, students and the elderly.After weeks of deadlock between Government and the Bridge Company, the latter finally came to an agreement, accepting Government’s proposal that it would provide a $40 million subsidy.Prior to reaching the agreement, bondholders of BBCI were asked to accept the lowering of interest rates and the significant extension of the repayment period on their investment in order to facilitate the reduction of tolls.The new tolls have seen private/hire cars, and minibuses paying $1900 compared to $2200 they were required to pay. Other types of vehicles were given a reduction of 10 per cent.Speaking with this publication, Ferguson said: “I don’t have the figures on hand but just recently, I have mandated the management of the Transport and Harbours Department to give an analysis of the operation. I hope that before the end of this week I receive it.”She pointed out that while government is subsidising the bridge operation, the T&HD is offsetting fuel expenses. This she noted is what led to a decision to analyse the situation to determine if it is feasible to retain the services of the river taxis.Meanwhile, minibus drivers have already complained about the financial strain they are experiencing because of the continued operation of the taxi service, although prices for the use of the Bridge have been reduced. She said since the last meeting with drivers, herself and Minister David Patterson earlier this year, she has not been able to deal specifically with the issues raised by drivers.last_img read more

20 Get Certificates in Internet Exchange Point

first_imgTwenty Information Technology (IT) specialists and engineers have been certificated after completing a one-week intensive training in establishing an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Liberia.The training was organized by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) with support from USAID.It started on May 16, and brought together engineers and IT specialists from Cellcom GSM Company, Novafone GSM, the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and the Cable Consultant of Liberia (CCL).Presenting certificates to participants at the end of the seminar, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai commended the organizers for the initiative and expressed hope that it will help the country to compete with others in the IT sectors.According to him, communication helps lot of people get things done faster, and as such, there is a need to establish the IXP that would enable engineers to track all internet activities and incoming calls.Ambassador Boakai also described the initiative as a good start, adding that it is a positive direction that all Liberians are expected to benefit.VP Boakai pointed out that the establishment of the IXP in Liberia will help the country to provide job opportunity for young people.The Vice president also used the occasion to reaffirm government’s commitment to supporting the process.Speaking on the occasion, Post & Telecommunication Minister Dr. Fredrick Norkeh said the training was aimed at creating local technical expertise to support the IXP interconnections and operations, thereby employing hands-on laboratory experience for participants across the sector.Dr. Norkeh indicated that the African IXP ensures that Africa’s internet traffic is kept local to the continent by providing capacity-building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of IXPs in the sub-region.Minister Norkeh reiterated that countries around the world are establishing their own IXPs, where internet traffic would be routed locally, thereby creating a downward pressure on costs and stimulating growth and distributing them on a content of local basics.“Currently, internet traffic between local users in Liberia are like those in many other countries that have been routed through the West before getting to receivers, in spite of the fact that both senders and receivers live few kilometers apart,”  Minister Norkeh acknowledged.He said the establishment of IXP in Liberia started last year when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other AU leaders at a summit in Addis Ababa took a decision to address some critical infrastructure gap in the telecommunication sector.Minister Norkeh told the participants that establishing an IXP through Africa was one of the actions that was endorsed by AU members, and it is driven by vision to create a peaceful, integrated, prosperous Africa as a strategy to enable them take up its rightful place in the global community.Meanwhile, the IXP is a physical infrastructure through which internet service providers exchange internet traffic between their networks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prudent spending can keep City Hall afloat – Solid Waste Director

first_imgCity Hall can pay its workers and contractors if there is proper management with prudent spending of the revenues that are collected.Solid Waste Management Director, Walter NarineThis is according to the Solid Waste Management Director of the Mayor and City Council, Walter Narine, who told the Commission of Inquiry, that there are interventions which can be implemented to ensure that there is an influx of financial resources.One such instance is the millions of dollars being spent to hire private solid waste collectors when there are employees who can do such. The only problem is the lack of equipment to execute these works.“Presently, the Solid Waste Department is equipped with the staff who are well trained and willing. However, the equipment that we have [which is] four garbage trucks; out of the four, one is operational. It’s totally inadequate. To manage Georgetown, we would need at least 12 garbage trucks,” said Narine.One of the recommendations which he would have made to the Council to garner revenues was to implement a licensing fee for garbage trucks and haulers that traverse the city. This was never implemented.“What I attempted to do was…. you cannot have garbage trucks roaming the streets or any truck hauling garbage in the city and not having it being licensed. The City Council is authorised to licence all vehicles hauling garbage in the city.”His advice to the Council is to avoid entering debts which might be very hard to pay. According to him, if all revenues and taxes are collected, City Hall’s expenditure can be sustained and the employees can be timely paid.“Do not go into debts that you will find very, very hard to pay. The money that we garnered for the year was enough to pay the garbage collectors till date. From the figures that I have seen, at these statutory meetings from rates and taxes, markets, abattoir, engineering; had we been prudently spending, we could have paid the garbage collectors fully and salaries. To manage any department, you must have a plan. We need to improve,” he told the Commission.Representing the Commission, Legal Officer Sherwin Benjamin responded, “You’re not improving because you’re about $12 billion in debt and if we’re spending what we don’t have… then we need to make certain drastic decisions.”The Council owes over $206 million to the National Insurance Scheme while $70 million is unaccounted for in the restoration funds. Garbage collectors – Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal – also indicated that they were owed a total sum of $150 million.last_img read more

Salah wins federation battle as Egypt return

first_img0Shares0000Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah looks on during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018CAIRO, Egypt, Sep 6 – Mohamed Salah has emerged the victor in his bitter dispute with the Egypt Football Association as the Pharaohs make their return after exiting the World Cup winless.The Liverpool striker had clashed with his country’s FA over image rights violations and personal security. The stand-off escalated last month when Salah and his lawyer accused the federation of failing to respond to a list of demands involving the player’s “well-being whilst with the national team, and assurances that the image rights violations wouldn’t happen again”.This provoked an angry rebuttal with the FA insisting it would not “favour one player over another”.Salah hit back with a pair of Facebook videos, insisting he was asking for better security for the whole squad at team hotels.Confirmation that peace had broken out between the two sides came when the FA published photographs this week of Egypt President Hani Abou Rida and Salah side by side.Rida was attending a training camp in Alexandria ahead of the Pharaohs’ first outing since crashing out of the World Cup after losing all three first-round matches.They face Niger on Saturday to kick off their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign.At the World Cup, the player was reportedly left unhappy after he was made to appear with Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov at Egypt’s training ground in the region in Russia.An earlier disagreement involved his image being used by the team’s main sponsor, telecoms firm WE, when he already had a contract with rival company Vodafone.That rift was eventually resolved following intervention from political leaders.The federation has taken a battering on social media and on the street.“If we had a referendum us Egyptians would say we don’t want this federation,” said Ahmed Assem, a public relations officer.“They are all incapable,” Assem, 59, added, before identifying Salah’a agent as “the cause” of the crisis.As for 22-year-old student Mostafa Mahmoud, he accused the country’s football rulers’ of “wanting to exploit Mohammed Salah as much as possible”.“As they abuse everything the federation has capitalised on the situation for its own financial gains,” said Mahmoud.The damaging dispute sheds light on a more general problem in football which doesn’t know how to look after “its jewels”, suggested Youssef Mohamed, the owner of a modest machine repair shop.“The name of Egypt is on the lips of everyone around the world, Mo Salah is at the heart of a revolution, and we are trying to ruin it,” he said.Faced with all this criticism the Egyptian FA says it has met all of the demands made by Salah.“We’ve imposed a ban on public and media access to the (training) camp by strengthening the security presence,” the federation’s media officer Oussama Ismaïl reported.Aside from the Salah affair, the federation is bedevilled by “a lack of organisation”, argue critics like Amir Abdelhalim, editor of specialist football site Fil Goal.“The fact that Egypt has a star as big as Mohamed Salah figuring as one of the top three players in Europe is a first for Egyptian football,” he said.“We have to manage a level of professionalism that we’re not used to: the highest level.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAELTACHT FINAL BETWEEN KILCAR AND NAOMH CONAILL TO BE SCREENED LIVE ON TG4

first_imgKilcar GAA News:Our understrength seniors were defeated by Four Masters on Saturday in Towney final score was 1-15 to 1-07 to the visitors while our reserves got a walkover as Four Masters did not travel that keeps them top of the division and in with a great chance of lifting the title for the first time since 2004. The All Ireland Gaeltacht final is on this Saturday 24th October at 14:30pm where we face county champions Naomh Conaill and will be broadcast live on TG4. Mar eolas duit níor himríodh Cluichí Ceannais Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in Ard a’ Ratha ar an 1ú Meitheamh de bharr na haimsire. Seo iad na  ath-shocruithe don Satharn, 24ú Deireadh Fómhair in Ard a’ Ratha: Sóisir:  12.45 Na Dúnaibh v  Oileáin Arann agus Sinsir: 14.30 Cill Chartha v  Naomh Conaill Béidh na cluichí a chraoladh beo ar Raidio na Gaeltachta. Béidh na cluichí le feiceáil beo ar TG4. Club MeetingClub Meeting on Monday night the 19th October in The Tea Rooms TowneyUnderageHard luck to our Under 13s who were defeated by Naomh Columba in the division 2 semi-final in Ardara on Tuesday. Ten Week Development DrawOur annual Ten Week Development Draw starts this Sunday October 25th with €25,000 in prizes over the ten weeks, tickets will be on sale locally from any committee member or you can buy online via the club website, this is a vital fundraiser for the club so please support.Scor Na NogScor Na Nog is due to take place in the coming weeks. It would be lovely to see as many young people as possible taking part this year to represent their club. If anyone would like to give a helping hand to organise the event your help would be greatly appreciated. The following acts are needed: Solo Singer, Ballad Group, Instrumental Group, Storyteller, Set and Ballad Dancers and Quiz Team. Call or text Honora: 087-7925603Club App We are up to 190 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €5,200 this week’s numbers were:  1, 9, 11 and 16 winners were: €50 Sean Byrne (Cashel) €30 Fidelma Burke (Bruckless) and €20 Noel McGinley (Cashlings).  Lotto Plus numbers 4, 7, 11 and 22 there was no winner. BingoThere was no winner of our Club Bingo so next week’s Jackpot is now €5,650 on 45 numbers. This Sunday’s winners were €150 Kathleen Carr (Umiskin), €110 Margaret Byrne (Cashel), €80 Michelle Lowther, Mary Breslin, €70 Breege McCallig, Gracie O’Hara, Maire Byrne (Roxbro), Breege McGuinness, Kathleen Cunningham, Eileen Wilson, Carmel Gallagher and Breege Boyle.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAELTACHT FINAL BETWEEN KILCAR AND NAOMH CONAILL TO BE SCREENED LIVE ON TG4 was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAASportlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgDrumkeen NotesAnyone who wants notes published in the Drumkeen notes please email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)Drumkeen Children’s Playground After many enquiries and representations from local residents and the play group with regard to erecting a play ground for kids in the parish, Councillor Cora Harvey has been actively pursuing this issue and is appealing to local land owners who feel they may have an appropriate site to contact her. You can contact Cora in the local constituency office in Ballybofey on 074 9130899.Councillor Harvey is working with DCC in relation to funding, but land acquisition is the first priority.St. Mary’s GAA Bingo continues in the Hall on Tues @8.30. Lotto results for 12/02/13 OY,WH,KK,KE. Michelle Molloy, Evelyn Breen, Ballybofey, Mary Patton, Drumkeen & Clodagh Young Convoy.Anyone wishing to buy or sell lottos contact any committee memberRegistration is now due and must be paid by the 26th March by 6 pm to be in with a chance to get tickets for Donegal v Tyrone Game Adults €30 and Minors €3 Contact Julia Blake on 0862 611290 Sam Will be at the St Mary’s Clubhouse on March 07th for anyone looking for photographs. All welcome to come along from 6:30pmDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 22nd Feb from 7:30-9:30pm. Adult Leaders Aidan Guthrie, Claire Gallen. Next instalment of hoody money now due. Plans are well advanced for our Easter quiz, more info in the coming weeks.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 13th Feb 01, 06, 18, 19. No jackpot, 3 winners €35 each John Cannon, Drumkeen. Gareth Mc Cafferty, Letterkenny. Fred, c/o Buncrana. Next weeks jackpot €750Lotto money due this week. See you all on Thurs or Fri Go raibh maith agat.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute Band.Well done to the local band who took 3rd place in the flute band competition in Strabane, a great achievement , practice as usual in the hall every Tuesday at 7.00pm. All new members welcome. Old School ReunionThe next meeting of the Drumkeen Old School Reunion is this Thurs 21st Feb in the hall @ 8pm.Parish CommitteeTenders are now invited for the painting of the new wall at St. Patrick’s Church. Contact Johnny Haughey on 086 2107334 for details.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Fund Raising DanceA dance will take place in aid of “Inis Aoibhinn Cancer Care West” Co. Galway on Fri 01st March 2013 in the Millview Inn Stranorlar. Music by Trevor Loughrey. The tickets are available by phoning the Millview on 086 832 8593 or 087 669 8178 and are priced at a very reasonable €5. Please come along and support this very worthy cause. Spot prizes and buffet on the night.FIBROMYALGIA DONEGAL SUPPORT GROUPHolding monthly meetings for people living with the Chronic Pain Condition Fibromyalgia. We hold monthly meetings – 1st Wed of the month in Letterkenny & 1st Fri of the month in Stranorlar.Also morning meetings may be run in Ballybofey on a Friday – if this is of interest to you, please get in contact.New members always welcome – why not come along for a cuppa and a chat.For more information, contact Jude Fibromyalgia Bromley on FacebookOr 0863945008 after 7pm or mikejay1@eircom.netSlimming WorldSlimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am, 12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm. New members always welcome. Contact Catherine on 0863962666 for further information.Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

Semenya takes gold for SA

first_imgCaster Semenya has done South Africa proud, despite the controversy around her gender. (Image: IAAF) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phiwe Mlangeni – Tsholetsane Team Manager – South Africa Athletics South Africa 0049 15 222 370 684 USEFUL LINKS • Athletics South Africa • Sascoc • IAAF RELATED ARTICLES • SA star athlete heads to Beijing • SA police at world games • Sporting South Africans honoured Khanyi MagubaneSouth African athlete Caster Semenya has proven she’s determine to overcome the hurdles in her path after winning the women’s 800m final at the 12th World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, on 19 August 2009.The 18-year-old sprinter achieved this amid roaring controversy over her gender.Her outstanding performance during elimination round heats in Berlin raised suspicions that she could in fact be male – given her strong build and rapid pace.Following this the media went into a frenzy and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) eventually bowed to pressure, insisting she undergo a gender test upon her return to South Africa.With all this, the young star still managed to win the finals in a record time of one minute and 55 seconds, dethroning defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya by 2.45 seconds.Semenya also beat her own record set during an 800m event leading up to the finals.Jepkosgei took the silver medal, while Jennifer Meadows of Britain was awarded bronze.Semenya now holds the fastest time for 800m clocked by any female athlete in the world.A thick skin and determinationSemenya burst on to the international sports scene for the first time on 31 July 2009, achieving a time of 1 minute and 56 seconds for 800m at the ninth Africa Junior Championship in Mauritius.At first her astounding performance raised suspicions that she was on steroids.The drug tests came back clean, but later the IAAF maintained it had to investigate Semenya, and contacted Athletics South Africa to conduct gender verification tests.South African sports organisations have been outraged by what they describe as a “humiliating process” for the young athlete.The South African Department of Sports and Recreation has released a statement voicing its disappointment at the speculations.“We have no reason to doubt that Athletics South Africa would send a male athlete to compete as a female or vice versa, in any championship.”“She has already proven what a classy athlete she is and it is now time for her to show the world that she has a much bigger heart than we give her credit for,” read the statement.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has also spoken out about the incident.Sascoc president Gideon Sam said he was concerned about speculations around Semenya’s gender.“If the IAAF feels it needs to give her a gender test, then they must also release the results to allow her to continue her development and put any malicious comment to bed.“Caster has unbelievable talent and [is] an athlete we earmarked for big things …” Sam said.He adds that Sascoc believes Semenya could be South Africa’s next big star to win gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.Suspicions raised in the mediaInternational media speculate that Semenya could be a hermaphrodite with a genetic disorder.The Telegraph in the UK spoke to IAAF spokesperson Nick Davies, who confirmed that they were investigating the possibility that Semenya suffers from a chromosomal disorder.Davies said that while the organisation didn’t think that Semenya had cheated by concealing true gender, she could have both male and female chromosomes.The Australian reported that Semenya “may have to return [the gold medal] if she fails a gender verification test”.“For me, she is not a woman,” the newspaper quoted Elisa Savinova as saying. Savinova is an Italian athlete who came in sixth place in the 800m final.Family defends SemenyaThe South African media has taken a keen interest in Semenya’s story, tracking down her family to get their take on the controversy.Speaking to The Star newspaper, Semenya’s mother Dorcus, a domestic worker in Limpopo province, said she is not concerned about the gender controversy.“I am not even worried about that because I know who and what my child is. Mokgadi Caster is a girl and no one can change that,” the mother said, referring to her daughter by her African name.Anyone from Seshego, the township in Limpopo where Semenya was raised, can confirm that she is female, Dorcus said.“If you go at my home village and ask any of my neighbours, they will tell you that Mokgadi [Caster] is a girl.“They know because they helped raise her. People can say whatever they like but the truth will remain, which is that my child is a girl. I am not concerned about such things.”According Semenya’s grandmother, Maputhi Sekgala, being ridiculed for the shape of her body is nothing new to the star athlete.Speaking to The Times newspaper, Sekgala said her granddaughter was teased when she was the only female member of the soccer team when she was growing up.“I know she’s a woman, I raised her myself,” Sekgala added.So close is the athlete to her grandmother that she caller her from Berlin when the controversy broke out.“She called me after the heats and told me that they think she’s a man. What can I do when they call her a man, when she’s really not a man? It is God who made her look that way.”Deborah Morolong, who attended high school with Semenya, says although her friend never took an interest in boys, her gender was never questioned.“She never had a boyfriend. She doesn’t like boys. I think they are saying that [she’s a man] out of jealousy. It really hurts me when they say that about her.”Semenya’s old school principal Eric Modiba says she was always a tomboy and that he only realised that she was a girl when she reached Grade 11.“She was always rough and played with the boys. She liked soccer and wore pants to school. She never wore a dress. It was only in Grade 11 that I realised she’s a girl,” Modiba told Beeld newspaper.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Life gets better for South Africans

first_img3 September 2009 South Africans’ living conditions are steadily improving, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey, which registered increases in school attendance, satisfaction with health services, and ownership of houses, televisions and – no surprises here – mobile phones. Access to electricity and proper sanitation has also improved, the survey found, although piped water services are lagging. Hunger levels remain low, while the number of South Africans receiving state social grants has more than tripled since 2002. The annual survey, which measured various aspects of the living circumstances of South African households for the year 2008, was released on Wednesday.Education The survey found that the percentage of South African children attending primary school had grown substantially since 2002 – although still not enough to meet the country’s early childhood development goals for 2010. At the other end of the spectrum, the percentage of secondary school students who completed grade 12 increased from 22.8% in 2002 to 24.6% in 2008, while the proportion of adults with no formal education decreased over the same period, from 10.3% to 8.8%. According to the survey, between 2002 and 2008:The percentage of children aged 5-9 who are attending school increased from 79.9% to 88.6%.The percentage of 5-year-olds attending school increased from 40.4% to 63.3%.The percentage of 6-year-olds attending school increased from 70.9% to 87.1%. Among children aged 7 years and above, lack of money for fees remained the most common reason given for not attending school.Health care Statistics South Africa’s survey recorded higher levels of satisfaction with public health services, up from 81.1% of people who used these services in 2002 to 91.2% in 2008. In the private sector, satisfaction levels increased slightly over the same period, from 92.8% to 95.6%. Medical aid coverage remained the lowest among black South Africans, with only 8.4% of people covered in 2008, compared to 68.5% of the white population.Housing and household assets According to the survey, the overall percentage of households living in informal dwellings increased marginally from 2002 to 2008, from 13.1% to 13.4%. However, this was an improvement on the 15.9% recorded in 2005. There was also continued growth in ownership among those occupying formal separate dwellings, from 62.6% in 2002 to 70.1% in 2008. And over the same period, television ownership increased from 59.3% to 72.4%, while ownership of mobile phones more than doubled, from 37.6% to 79.1%.Electricity, water, sanitation Of all the basic services, access to a connection to the mains electricity supply improved the most, the survey found, increasing from 77.4% of households in 2002 to 82.6% in 2008. However, the percentage of households receiving piped water supplies from their local municipalities decreased from 78.9% in 2004 to 74.8% in 2008. The percentage of households with no toilet facility, or having to use bucket toilets, declined from 12.5% in 2002 to 7.7% in 2008. At the same time, the percentage of households using municipal refuse disposal services increased steadily, from 58.8% to 60.5%.Hunger, social grants, child runaways Reported levels of hunger in 2008 were very close to those of 2006 and slightly up from those of 2007, the survey found. However, hunger levels remained low, at 2.4% for adults and 2.5% for children – compared to the 6.8% of households who said their children and adults suffered from hunger in 2002. According to the survey, the percentage of South Africans receiving welfare grants from the state more than tripled between 2002 and 2008, from 3.7% to 13.3%. At the same time, the 2008 survey recorded the highest level of children aged 5-17 who had left their homes and whose whereabouts were unknown, with 8.4% of households affected in 2008 compared to 4.5% in 2002. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more